Giles hopes to keep his hot bat going for the Padres when they play the middle game of a three-game series with the San Francisco Giants at SBC Park.
Giles is hitting just .214 at home, where San Diego is a major league-best 16-4. Fortunately for the Padres, the left fielder is batting .340 on the road with all of his seven homers and 28 of his 31 RBI.
The month of May has been spectacular for Giles, who is hitting .372 (32-for-86) with 12 multi-hit games this month. He has struck out only five times in May after fanning 17 times in April.
San Diego improved to 4-3 on a nine-game road trip with a 9-3 victory over San Francisco to open the series on Friday. Giles went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and homered for the second straight game while Phil Nevin also was 3-for-5 and drove in three runs.
The Padres have scored 39 runs over the last four games. Leadoff hitter Dave Roberts has been a major sparkplug, going 9-for-17 with five runs scored in that span.
“Last year, going from the Dodgers to Boston, he got experience playing in big games,” San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. “It is May, but we’re trying to treat all these games as important games. He did a tremendous job for us. He got some huge hits, drove in some big runs
San Francisco dropped its second straight after a four-game winning streak. The Giants fell to 13-15 against NL West opponents.
“The one thing we do have to change is getting a winning record in the division,” general manager Brian Sabean said. “We’re below .500 against right-handed pitching. We’re going to have to make some strides to change that.”
The Giants’ bullpen was tagged for five runs and eight hits over 6 2-3 innings on Friday. The relievers have a 4.38 ERA this season.
“There have been good signs with the starters and good signs with the bullpen, but having said that we’re still (high) as an ERA and that’s not good enough,” Sabean said.